Monday, March 22, 2010

a reminder to breathe.

I like to randomly kick into handstands. It is something I have done for years, but not consistently. I stopped doing it the last couple of years. I make up I stopped trying because I met a friend who can kick up into them anywhere, any time and walk around. She needs no wall. She appears just as comfortable on her hands as her feet.

Anyway, I have not yet mastered the handstand like my friend Tawney, but I am happy that it is back in my life. This sudden urge that comes out of nowhere to stand on my hands. I am working on not using a wall, so I will spring up about 5 feet away in case I can't stay up my toes can catch the wall and lift my legs back to the air.

It is fun. It is amazing. It is great for our bodies, our internal systems to be turned upside down.

I plant my hands shoulder width distance apart. I spread my fingers wide and press into all parts of my hands. I move my shoulders to stack over my wrists, squeeze my core in and then kick up. I am up! I am upside down! BREATHE!!!!!!!! I always have to remind myself to breathe when I am turned upside down.

I come down laughing at that metaphor for life. When my world gets turned upside down, I remind myself to breathe. It's a pretty good one, don't you think? When your world gets turned upside down, just remember to breathe and you will make it through just fine.


  1. Tricia, you have inspired me to get over my irrational fear of handstands and just do it. I have been feeling the urge to be upside down for a while, but I also have this weird fear of it. But I am going to do it. Thank you!

  2. thank you for the MUCH-needed reminder. things are completely upside down here at the moment and I'm grateful to be reminded to just BREATHE!!

    breathing away,
    ~Jen :)

  3. I've been having the urge to break into handstands on my way to the printer at work. Love that I'm not the only one having these urges! I <3 handstands.

  4. Upside down...then BREATHE..! Nice. Love it!!